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« on: December 23, 2015, 02:35:05 AM »

Last night I had to put my dog Sparky to sleep.  I'm absolutely heartbroken, but I'm hoping that in telling all of you his story I'll feel better. 

When I was living in Phoenix I decided that I wanted a chameleon for my birthday.   My wife and I did research on how to take care of them, what sorts of habitats they required, what they ate, etc.  Laura called a local pet shop and found one for me.  She pre-purchased the lizard, a large habitat, some plants, food, some books, and the whole nine yards for our soon-to-be companion.  She drove to the store and talked to the clerk only to find out that they didn't have a lizard for her.  Sure, they already ran the card for all of the aforementioned except for the lizard, but no lizard.  Well, it turns out that they had a little white Jack Russell Terrier in a baby cage sitting in the store.  Convincing them to apply the already-paid amount to the price of the dog, she brought home this little bundle of energy.   We named him Sparky, and he was my "little lizard".  He was my little "birthday present."

Sparky was sitting in that cage for a while because they bobbed his tail too short.  Their tales are supposed to be the length of a closed fist as they dive into holes (natural ratters) and you supposedly pull them out by the 'handle'.  Well, Sparky's tail was about half that size.  When he was excited he's shake that little nub for all it was worth.  Sparky got a nickname "wiggle nub". 

Sparky had an adopted brother and sister -- our two Dalmatians, Trouble and Sasha.  Sasha didn't really like toys, but Trouble sure did.  He would drag Sparky across the linoleum flooring via knotted rope while Sparky growled and tried to pull Trouble, even though Trouble was easily 3x his size and weight.  Trouble sometimes let him win. 

When Trouble passed away, Sparky stopped playing with toys.  Two years after Sasha passed away we finally adopted again, getting Loki and Pazuzu.   Zu would play with Sparky, and he began to enjoy pulling the rope again.  He was an old man, but sometimes Zu would let him win.  Sparky enjoyed pulling Loki (our Rat Terrier) around on the hardwood floor with the knotted rope.  Loki loved it too, playfully growling the entire time. 

Sparky had developed pancreatitis in his old age. He would suffer breathing problems for short bursts and then be back to his old self.  Yesterday his breathing problems turned for the worse, and he simply couldn't stop hurting.  He wasn't responding to his name, and when he went outside to pee he just collapsed in the grass.  I carried him inside, but I knew in my heart it was time.  The vet confirmed what we knew to be true. 

As Sparky slowly slipped into his forever-sleep, I told my little birthday present that I would miss him, and that everything was going to be ok.  He looked up at me with recognition for the first time since his attack started yesterday and then laid his head down for the last time. 

I'm so heartbroken right now, but I know it was the right thing for him.  I know he's in a better place.  I'm going to miss my little lizard, my little birthday present, my little wiggle nub.  Goodbye Sparky.   tear
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« Reply #1 on: December 23, 2015, 03:16:19 AM »

Man, I hate these threads. It's cruel that their lives are so short. You gave Sparky as good a life as a dog can have.  Sorry for your loss.
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« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2015, 05:02:01 AM »

Yeah, really sorry you lost your little buddy, especially at this time of year.   icon_frown
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« Reply #3 on: December 23, 2015, 01:58:38 PM »

Sorry for your loss.  He sounds like a great friend.
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2015, 03:31:35 PM »

These threads are the absolute worse. They tear my heart out every time i read them.

The short lives of our pets are one of the cruelest things we have to endure.

Can't express how sorry I am for your loss Ron. I really am.

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« Reply #5 on: December 23, 2015, 04:26:32 PM »

So sorry Ron.  Letting go of furry friends is the hardest thing to do.
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« Reply #6 on: December 23, 2015, 05:31:02 PM »

Much love, brother.

It was around this time of year that I said goodbye to Chewie (she almost made it to 15).

Saying goodbye is hard, but you know that he understood you, and was likely relieved to see and feel you there at the end.
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« Reply #7 on: December 23, 2015, 05:37:19 PM »

I'm so sorry for your loss.  We had to put down our Japanese Chin just over a month ago.  I know those feels.  Holler at me when you have some free time.
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2015, 05:40:02 PM »

Sorry for your loss, but he's in a much better place
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« Reply #9 on: December 25, 2015, 09:56:13 PM »

Sorry about your loss. Losing a family pet is horrible. I have two Great Pyrenees (Sasha and Ronin) and I dread the day something takes them from me. Early this year Sasha developed a growth on her leg that I thought was a tumor. Dreading cancer, we had a biopsy done, and it turned out to simply be a fatty cell buildup. But it terrified me. Dogs make life better.

Will you get a new pet soon? Some people immediately go out and add a new member to the family. For others, the mourning goes on for a long time.
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« Reply #10 on: December 26, 2015, 05:40:52 PM »

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 25, 2015, 09:56:13 PM

Sorry about your loss. Losing a family pet is horrible. I have two Great Pyrenees (Sasha and Ronin) and I dread the day something takes them from me. Early this year Sasha developed a growth on her leg that I thought was a tumor. Dreading cancer, we had a biopsy done, and it turned out to simply be a fatty cell buildup. But it terrified me. Dogs make life better.

Will you get a new pet soon? Some people immediately go out and add a new member to the family. For others, the mourning goes on for a long time.

I think we'll hold off on a new family member for a little while.  It's always hard to know when the 'right' time is to get another pet, but the two boys we have just get a lot of extra love instead. 
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« Reply #11 on: December 26, 2015, 05:41:50 PM »

Quote from: Isgrimnur on December 23, 2015, 05:37:19 PM

I'm so sorry for your loss.  We had to put down our Japanese Chin just over a month ago.  I know those feels.  Holler at me when you have some free time.

Will do.   When I've got my house in order, I'll invite you (and anyone else in the Dallas / Fort Worth area) over for a UFC fight / Rock Band / Board / Card games night.   We do it up right -- they are a blast. 
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« Reply #12 on: January 03, 2016, 01:24:33 AM »

So sorry for your loss. I know what you are going through.👎
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« Reply #13 on: January 07, 2016, 06:26:47 PM »

Quote from: Knightshade Dragon on December 26, 2015, 05:40:52 PM

Quote from: Dante Rising on December 25, 2015, 09:56:13 PM

Sorry about your loss. Losing a family pet is horrible. I have two Great Pyrenees (Sasha and Ronin) and I dread the day something takes them from me. Early this year Sasha developed a growth on her leg that I thought was a tumor. Dreading cancer, we had a biopsy done, and it turned out to simply be a fatty cell buildup. But it terrified me. Dogs make life better.

Will you get a new pet soon? Some people immediately go out and add a new member to the family. For others, the mourning goes on for a long time.

I think we'll hold off on a new family member for a little while.  It's always hard to know when the 'right' time is to get another pet, but the two boys we have just get a lot of extra love instead.  
Sorry for your loss, Ron.  tear

fwiw, after I had to put my 16 year old cat Molly to sleep (congestive heart failure, multiple other health issues) in Sept. 2010, it probably took me about 10 months or so before I felt "ready" to visit animal shelters and meet some other kitties to try to find the right adoption match. I visited a cat adoption event around November 2010 but my heart just wasn't in it.

I adopted JJ the tuxedo cat from an animal welfare league shelter in Aug. 2011 and it worked out great. One thing volunteers there had suggested was that I not try to find a cat that looked just like Molly (the 1st couple I met with in fact did) -- they said it sometimes sets up some unrealistic expectations for the new cat (or dog) to be exactly the same as the one who passed away.

And of course pets are all wonderfully unique and different.  icon_smile Molly could be a little standoff-ish, she might like to curl up on your lap but prefer not to be held close or hugged. She loved some people in my life, was terrified of others. She left me alone when I was PC-gaming but liked to be near me in my computer room.

JJ? He loves everybody, and will let anyone hug him forever pretty much. He knows no boundaries and will leap on me when I'm PC gaming or crawl on top of me in my bed like a lead weight.  icon_smile Sorry to digress. I just mean, when you're ready to adopt another dog, I'm sure he/she will be wonderful in a unique, different way than Sparky.  icon_smile

While some friends have adopted immediately after saying goodbye to one (and it works for some pet owners), I'm definitely more of a "take as much time to grieve as you need-to" approach.
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